Wednesday, December 3, 2014

An attempt at freezing time

“The entire institution of gift giving make no sense. Let's say that I go out, and I spend 50 dollars on you, it's a laborious activity, because I have to imagine what you need, where as you know what you need. Now I could simplify things, just give you the 50 dollars directly, and you could give me 50 dollars on my birthday, and so on, until one of us dies, leaving the other one old and 50 dollars richer. And I ask, is it worth it?”
- Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

I won’t challenge what the annoyingly adorable theoretical physicist said above because he makes sense. But that’s not the point you see? We, being mortals, are prone to certain activities that are meant to defy logic. What may bring with it the peril of being perceived as crazy is also something that makes us humane. And gifting each other material possessions appears like an adequately mad practice. Every gift, big or small, is an extension of love and concern—to put it unbiasedly. However, there was an extended phase when i wasn’t very appreciative of the idea of wasting time on gifting ABC to XYZ. So much so i was convinced greeting cards with their sugary lines were a devil’s enterprise. Not anymore. As of now, i’ve come to a place where it has become strikingly clear to me that time is the greatest gift we can present each other. If that’s not possible, then spending time on figuring out what kind of a gift would at least freeze moments for our loved ones is not too much to ask for. In all fairness, aren’t we all biding time restlessly hoping it would freeze, if not slow down for a while? And if a first-hand pen or a second-hand book manages to do that for us, what’s the harm? Besides, these gifts are most probably going to outlast us as well as whatever we thought was supposed to make sense.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The kind of gifts you send, it freezes time and warms me up.